Useful Links

Below are some links to interesting sites on aromatherapy related issues. I am not recommending everything on these sites, but the discerning reader will find materials of interest, and on certain sites some excellent materials.

Organisations I Like:

A new essential oils safety board based in Canada.
Anyone can report adverse effects and members can obtain more detailed information.

For oils and plants safety information I suggest:

A team dedicated to conserving Manta Rays: In my opinion one of the most beautiful creatures on this planet.

Copyright guides and information:

Search engines that do not spy on you like Google, more here on that.

Aromatherapy related information:

SPARTA launched in May 2015 aims to collaborate with the FDA over the aggressive USA marketing sites which promote the dangerous use of essential oils. The aim is to reduce the numbers of cases of harm reported to the Poison Control Centers.

I hate wordpress type blog sites, but this one is worthy of a visit as it explains more about the hype and lies emanating from distributors of Young Living and DoTerra.

Readers in the USA may care to read this site which gives safety and other advice.

See how the massage and aromatherapy community helped those involved with the twin towers disaster.

International Aromatherapists and Tutors Association (IATA). 

Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy

Archives of Chrissie Wildwood. Here
Important information on endangered species and the OG certification scams. 

A campaign against the use of endangered species for essential oil production.

AGORA-aromatherapy articles and information resource.

Animal health and essential oils. Japanese veterinary specialists with a lovely book about cats and aromatherapy written from the cats viewpoint. ISBN 978-4-88096-145-3.

Animal health and essential oils. Emphasising safety.

See also the files in the 'all articles' tab.

Articles about Gary Young written by a Utah news site:

The video by Sultan Yusuf Salah complaining about the Confidence trickster Gary Young was removed from youtube following threats from Young Living lawyers. So instead you can see some of the details here:

A web page by the parents of a young man who died two weeks after returning from the
Young Living quacks clinic. This includes a shocking misdiagnosis, and where they wasted
thousands of Dollars:

The lies told by the quack Gary Young and the
dangerous practises of the
Young Living company.

Young Living Files The original zip file edited for readability.

Vital reading from a real Doctor about the confidence trickster Gary Young:

And there is a heck of a lot more in the archives of various newsgroups about this con artist and the multi level business of Young Living. A business that uses hype and lies to con gullible people, particularly targeting Christians.

An excellent expert review of some of the more way out claims of complementary medicine - lots of articles:

Essential oil Producers & Suppliers:

Most aromatherapy outlets sell some genuine oils, but most do not have the financial resources to check everything that their wholesalers tell them. Therefore, some of their stocks will be genuine and some fake. In my opinion that position represents the vast majority of aromatherapy suppliers.

I will only list those who produce some of the oils they sell, have real expertise in analysis, or suppliers that I know are linked with producers.
UK: Supplier, analyst and essential oils importer.
My ex employer, so I can vouch for their expertise.
The finest English grown oils and others. Expert in house analysis, large production facilities, close connections with growers,etc. Now only 5kg and above.
UK: Producer of Lavender oil Angustifolia (Folgate and Maillette) as well as some Lavandin (Grosso). Limited production so you need to grab the oil when it is available.
UK: English grown oils and others. Analysis, distillation and horticultural expertise.
USA: Turkish Rose Otto plus many other tested Essential Oils and hydrosols.

USA: Growers and distillers of named varieties of lavender and with good information pages.
USA: Lavandin oil, Lavender oil, lavender herbs and products.
USA: Purple Haze - Lavandin oil, Lavender oil, lavender herbs and products.
Spain: A producer of O.G. herbs and oils - good photos.
Crete: A producer of essential oils with beautiful photos.
Italy: Herbs, oils and prepared botanicals.
Vetiver; good horticultural information; great photos.
Canada: Use their search engine to find good information on essential oils.
ssential oils supply: Used to have the latest events affecting supply and prices, but still contains interesting information.

Suppliers of ancillary items and other links:

Cultural boutique selling handmade items from many countries. Specializing in unique items, following the philosophy of Fair Trade (no child labor, fair price for fair work). - Owner: Mynou de Mey

Small cosmetics makers should get their products tested for microbes. In the EEC this is compulsory. Here is a business in the USA who can do it for a reasonable sum:

A variety of bottles and jars for liquids and solids.

Extensive range of attractive bottles, containers and diffusers. &

An extensive list of suppliers for soapmakers, etc.
Directory of Soapmaker Suppliers and Resources

For those interested in Reiki this is a good site.

The site of a web designer who also produces beautiful graphics. Lots of links to interesting places.

Herb and Plant information sources:

The threats to herbalists in the UK &

Charlotte, my colleague in Australia has set up a health advice video.

Paradise Gardens Rare Plant Nursery - North Idaho.

The Herb Research Foundation, USA. Good information packages on herbs and research articles to buy.

A database on chemical constituents of plants.

Excellent information on a huge range of spices.

General Medical information:

Includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications, including known side effects.

Drugalert,including side effects, recalls, lawsuits, etc. American site but the information is of use worldwide.

The United States FDA. Informative pages
Please report the numerous outrageous and illegal medicinal claims on US websites to them.

The online visible human project. Anatomy

Self explanatory-one sided reviews but still worth a look.

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